Jamal Thalji - Assistant Metro Editor

Assistant Metro Editor

I was raised on Florida’s Best Newspaper and dreamed of writing for it. I got my shot while at the University of South Florida, covering high school football and the weekend crime beat. I went on to cover the police, courts, business and sports beats. Now I’m an Assistant Metro Editor. I’m all about breaking news and deadline writing. Before I ended up behind an editor’s desk, I covered executions, hurricanes, wildfires, space shuttle launches and lots of football games. I have the honor of filing the last byline in the 113-year history of the St. Petersburg Times on Dec. 31, 2011, minutes before it became the Tampa Bay Times. Comic books get me through the pain of football season. Recently, I decided Superman > Batman.

  1. Check for the latest breaking news and updates.
    The 15-year-old student was arrested Monday after shouting the threat out loud, according to St. Petersburg police.
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    The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said it is obtaining a search warrant to start looking for evidence inside the house.
  3. Kevin Skaggs, 36, faces charges of extortion and driving with a suspended license, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
    The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office says it caught the 36-year-old man with her dog. Now he faces a charge of extortion.
  4. St. Petersburg police Sgt. Lesandro Santiago was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence on Dec. 22. He resolved the criminal case and was demoted to officer by the department. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
    He pleaded no contest to the charge in court. Now the police department has demoted him to officer.
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    The 35-year-old inmate died by suicide, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.
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    The pedestrian dodged one vehicle, police said, then stepped into the path of another.
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    The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said the bucket of a dump trailer fell on him while he was trying to repair it.
  8. Tampa police announced the arrest of nine men in connection with a gang called "200 Skudda" who are accused of acts of racketeering, identity theft, credit card fraud, illegally buying weapons, intimidating witnesses and selling drugs from Hillsborough County to Georgia. [Tampa Police Department]
    Authorities spent two years investigating the “200 Skudda” gang. Nine have been arrested so far.
  9. Timothy Kydd was arrested Sunday in Marion County on a charge of attempted murder. [HCSO]
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